The Hertz Corporation, the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand today announced the addition of the innovative Ford Transit Connect Electric van into Hertz’s fleet, a first for the car rental industry.
With a unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, cargo capacity, accessibility and low purchase and operation costs, the Transit Connect is an ideal choice for electrification, the company said.
The 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric runs entirely on electricity, and can travel about 130 kilometers on an overnight charge.
Ford replaced the Transit’s 2.0-liter drivetrain with a high-voltage electric motor that sends torque through a single-speed gearbox to the front wheels. Behind the fuel cap is an electrical charging port that accepts 120V and 240V AC power.
The electric Transit has been quietly on sale since May this year from Ford-owned dealerships in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds, and it’s a fleet-only proposition.
Its eye-watering price of £39,995 would almost buy two top-spec 1.8 TDCi Transit Connects, so fleet managers thinking of going electric would need to be very diligent with their calculators prior to purchase.